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    Incision of the heart during meat inspection of fattening pigs:
    a risk-profile approach (2009)

    Art
    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Autoren
    Leps, J
    Fries, R
    Quelle
    Meat science : the official journal of the American Meat Science Association; 81(1) — S. 22–27
    ISSN: 0309-1740
    Sprache
    Englisch
    Verweise
    DOI: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2008.07.002
    Pubmed: 22063958
    Kontakt
    Institut für Lebensmittelsicherheit und -hygiene

    Königsweg 69
    14163 Berlin
    +49 30 838 62550
    lebensmittelhygiene@vetmed.fu-berlin.de

    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Meat inspection in the EU is based on Regulation (EC) 854/2004. Accordingly a risk based meat inspection should be implemented. In this paper, the incision of the heart in pig meat inspection is discussed with respect to efficacy. The incision especially can reveal the presence of endocarditis. Here, Erysipelothrixrhusiopathiae (E. rhusiopathiae) and/or Streptococcussuis (S. suis) are of particular concern. Both agents are regarded to be zoonotic agents. There is some evidence for infection of humans via an alimentary pathway. Hence, the occurrence of E. rhusiopathiae and S. suis is a concern of public health (PH) as well as veterinary public health (VPH). However, other measures, including on-farm disease prevention and diagnosis, seem to be more important for food safety. It is concluded that the incision and inspection of the heart is not justifiable with respect to PH aspects.